work a runway—something she did to great effect two years ago when she was crowned Elite queen at the Miss American Beauties Plus Pageant. This week, a short documentary about her experience, “There She Is,” premiered online, brightening the oft-catty subject of pageantry with an empowering, body-positive tale.
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“I realize that not everyone is going to see me as a queen, and my hopes for the future are that people will learn to accept it just a little bit more,” she said in the film about plus-size beauty. The doc follows Kopach and fellow competitor Jenny Flores to and through the pageant, discussing body image and notions of beauty along the way. Flores shares hurtful tales about a boyfriend who told her she was
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Secrets to Your Success – Fri, Jun 21, 2013 12:52 PM EDT
work a runway—something she did to great effect two years ago when she was crowned Elite queen at the Miss American Beauties Plus Pageant. This week, a short documentary about her experience, “There She Is,” premiered online, brightening the oft-catty subject of pageantry with an empowering, body-positive tale.Allison Kopach is a pageant queen through and through. She loves glamorous gowns, heavy eye makeup and pretty much anything that sparkles. She also happens to be a size 20 and can totally Read More »from Plus-Size Pageant Queen: How Winning Changed My Life
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Jun 20, 2013 5:59 PM EDT
When regular people go to the hospital to have their babies, here’s what they generally worry about: Will the epidural guy get there in time? Will my doctor be on duty? Will my roommate snore?Read More »from Kim Kardashian's VIP Hospital Suite vs. Real Maternity Wards: A Comparison
When celebrities go to the hospital to have their babies, their concerns tend to be…different. For example: Will the most luxurious suite in the maternity ward—the one I am totally entitled to—be available when I need it? Or will some B-lister wriggle her way in first?
Kim Kardashian, who gave birth to her daughter last weekend, falls within the latter category, obviously. But in case there was any confusion, a story about her big worry has surfaced, revealing that when she first arrived to Cedars-Sinai for the delivery, she didn’t score the fancy celeb suite she was hoping for because they were all full with other VIPs, including Dwight Howard’s baby mama. She did get a luxury suite, natch, but get this: She was reportedly kicked out after only two nights, according to hospital policy, which
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Fashion – Wed, Jun 19, 2013 1:54 PM EDT
After a relentless outcry from patrons, a Riverside, California, restaurant has nixed the portion of its dress code requiring women to wear high heels. The 1920s-themed bar and eatery, ProAbition, has also issued an apology on Facebook. "Our intention was never to offend anyone," it noted. Still, it's what happened, and continues to happen, with a steady stream of rules about what women can and can't wear. Luckily, for the most part, the rules keep getting reversed. And that's thanks to you, sisters, for speaking out.--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Jun 18, 2013 3:18 PM EDTburgers and then noting, with an implied eye roll and mock whisper, “We even have a Gardenburger—just in case your teenage daughter is going through a phase.”Are vegetarians humorless? It’s the question being asked this week after a Red Robin television ad offended herbivores by touting its 24 types of
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The commercial, part of a new campaign ad series, aired for about a week before being rotated out, as was planned from the start. But it prompted outrage among activists and on social media outlets, with a slew of horrified vegetarians taking the eatery to task for its condescending approach.
“Though I applaud any fast food chain that offers a veggie burger, and I hope that more do, the idea that not eating animals is reserved solely for teenage girls going through a phase is obviously meant to insult both vegans and girls,” Jasmin Singer, executive director of Our Hen House, a New York-based multimedia vegan Read More »from Red Robin Ad Mocks Vegetarians With 'Teen Phase' Joke. Guess Who's Not Laughing?
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Jun 17, 2013 5:04 PM EDT
Toddlers & Tiaras” mom Tori Hensley has received:Pop quiz: After admitting on national TV to plying her 2-year-old daughter with frequent cups of coffee, as well as a pre-pageant “tinker tea” concoction of Mountain Dew, sweet tea and Pixie Stix, “
A.) Angry hate mail
B.) An offer to develop her very own brand of energy drink for children
C.) All of the aboveYep, you guessed it: The answer is C.
“We’re just in the negotiation stages,” Hensley confirmed to Yahoo! Shine, following a report about the impending product by Radar Online. She said she’s currently working with the unnamed, “big” company to create the drink, which would be marketed to children involved in pageants or dance, as well as—get this—to kids with hyperactivity disorders.Read More »from 'Toddlers & Tiaras'–Inspired Energy Drink? God Save the Pageant Queens
“Caffeine actually reverses it in some children, not all, and can calm them down, instead of putting them on all these pills,” explained Hensley, adding that “of course we’re going to have different doctors, lawyers, everything like that,” involved
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Jun 17, 2013 3:24 PM EDTleggings, a tank top, and a button-down, telling her she should cover up as she went through an ID-check line in the Los Angeles Airport Sunday.The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is investigating a report that one of its officers allegedly humiliated a 15-year-old girl wearing
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“She said the officer was ‘glaring’ at her and mumbling. She said, ‘Excuse me?’ and he said, ‘You're only 15, cover yourself!’ in a hostile tone,” the girl's father, Mark Frauenfelder, told Yahoo! Shine, echoing what he had written in a Boing Boing blog post describing the incident. “It shook her up," he added.
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Frauenfelder, who is editor in chief of Make magazine and the founder of Boing Boing, told Shine that his daughter, Sarina, was with a group of high school peers, on their way to visit colleges. He said that she began a rapid-fire series of texts to him Read More »from TSA Officer Accused of Shaming Teen for Wearing Leggings. Dad's Got This.
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Jun 14, 2013 5:18 PM EDT
hot flash or a dream about the hot flash (and chin hairs and memory lapses and a particularly disturbing dryness) you’re sure to suffer through eventually—don’t curse your womanhood. Curse men. And not just for the fun of it.Next time you wake up in a sea of sweat—either from a Read More »from Guys Gave Us Menopause, Says Study. We're Not Mad, Just Hurt.
You’d actually be justified in blaming them completely, according to a new scientific hypothesis that puts the onus of menopause squarely on men’s collective preference for younger ladies.
In the study, “Mate Choice and the Origin of Menopause,” published Thursday in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, researchers posit that, over many thousands of years, a lack of reproduction among older women has led to menopause, now an accidental result of evolution and natural selection.
“It’s a very simple theory. What it does is it demystifies menopause. ... It becomes a simple age-related disease, if you can call it that,” researcher Rama Singh told CTV News in Canada. “That’s just like all the mutations that affect
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Fri, Jun 14, 2013 4:17 PM EDT
divorce this week—have offered sparse details about the brilliant and glamorous 44-year-old’s life. But many have portrayed her as a gold digger and husband stealer who slept her way to the top, faulting her both for being an independent businesswoman and someone who has relied on her husband’s connections.Media reports about Wendi Deng—Rupert Murdoch’s wife of 14 years, from whom he filed for Read More »from Rupert Murdoch Ex Wendi Deng: The Woman Behind Media's Biggest Divorce
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“It’s as if she’s in a no-win situation,” Gloria Allred, the high-profile civil-rights attorney and defender of women’s rights, told Yahoo! Shine. “The press wants to speculate, and they will speculate at the expense of the less powerful person in the relationship,” she said. “And that is almost always the woman.”
There have been both gender and ethnic stereotypes in Deng’s portrayals, damning her for everything from hobnobbing with Hollywood to being concerned with the financial interests of her children. Meanwhile, Allred said, “When you
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Team Mom – Fri, Jun 14, 2013 1:28 PM EDT
Kate Middleton may be royalty, but she’s not too posh to push.Read More »from Kate Middleton Sparks Interest in HypnoBirthing. What's It All About?
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The Duchess of Cambridge, whose first child is due in mid-July, is said to be leaning toward birthing her baby in as natural a way as possible. And to make that process easier, according to reports, she might be planning to use a calming technique known as HypnoBirthing.
The duchess was rumored to use hypnosis to overcome her acute morning sickness so this technique would be “second nature for her,” noted Alisha Tamburri, a Los Angeles HypnoBirthing practitioner whose clients have included Jessica Alba, Bridget Fonda, Melissa Joan Hart, Alanis Morisette, and Emily Deschanel.
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The method, popular both in Hollywood and outside of it, has “kind of replaced what Lamaze was years ago,” Tamburri said. It was founded in 1989 by New Hampshire hypnotherapist Marie Mongan, and essentially
"I'm not proud to admit it, but once I had a kid, I realized that I had been judging other moms," Michelle Noehren, founder of the online community CT Working Moms and mother to a 2-year-old daughter told Yahoo! Shine. It was this realization--which mirrored that of the many other mamas in the group--that led to their latest project, "End the Mommy Wars," a visual plea for loving sisterhood over judge-laden competition. After last year's effort, a post-baby-body photo shoot, went viral, the women decided they needed a powerful follow-up. "We wanted to move from embracing our bodies to embracing our parenting choices," Noehren said. Behold the empowering result.--Beth Greenfield, Yahoo! Shine Staff
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